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French (Certificate)

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Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

This certificate will help you enhance your communications skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) so that you can communicate with confidence. You will also further your knowledge of grammar and develop an appreciation of French culture. Whether you require a knowledge of French for your career or enjoy vacationing in French-speaking countries, you will find this program very effective.

There are 6 courses in the French Certificate Program: French 1-5 and Francais écrit. Each of the French 1-5 courses are offered in two different formats: In-class/Synchronous or Online.

In-class/Synchronous: Weekly scheduled classes are taught by an instructor. During the pandemic, these are offered using video-conferencing technologies. This format is ideal for anyone who prefers a structured class-time and a lecture format. In the course list below, these are listed as "Oshawa" under Location/Delivery Method.

Asynchronous Online: With the support of a facilitator, students log-in and complete weekly activities on their own time. This format is ideal for students who prefer a course that does not have weekly scheduled lectures or wishes to proceed through the course at their own pace (deadlines to hand in assignments still apply). These are listed as Online or Monthly Intake below.

Note: Francais écrit is currently only offered in the Asynchronous format. Not all In-class/Synchronous courses are offered each semester.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Communicate effectively and correctly in the French language, in both verbal and written forms, for personal and professional purposes
  • Converse effectively in French regarding complex topics such as literature, politics, society, and culture
  • Integrate an appreciation for French culture into his/her communications in the French language

Career Options

Potential career and industry options may include:

  • Bilingual technical support
  • Customer service
  • Editing and/or proofreading
  • Flight attendant
  • Foreign service
  • International organizations – Red Cross, United Nations, Doctors without Borders, Interpol, World Health Organization, World Trade Organization, etc.
  • Human resources
  • Interpretation
  • Media – news anchor, reporter, production assistant – TV5, CBC, TVO
  • Military
  • Pilot
  • Provincial, Federal government
  • Teaching – educational assistant, tutor, elementary/ secondary teacher, community college/university professor
  • Tourism, travel or hospitality
  • Translation

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

Currently offered

Course Title Location/
Delivery Method
LANG 1986Francais EcritOnline
LANG 1982French 1Monthly Intake Online
LANG 1982French 1Online
LANG 1952French 1Oshawa
LANG 2952French 2Oshawa
LANG 2982French 2Online
LANG 2982French 2Monthly Intake Online
LANG 3982French 3Online
LANG 3982French 3Monthly Intake Online
LANG 4982French 4Online
LANG 5982French 5Online